If you’ve ever daydreamed about the Fonz hanging out with Captain Kirk, or wished that you could see Terry Bradshaw do kabuki theater with George Foreman, or are familiar with who Jeff Dye is, then has NBC got a show for you. The peacock network has just announced that Bradshaw, Dye, and Foreman will join Henry Winkler and William Shatner on a reality travel show that will send the men on a trip through parts of Asia.
NBC optioned the rights to the show, called Better Late Than Never (and not, sadly,The A-ged Team), last fall. It’s an adaptation of the reality show, Grandpas Over Flowers, which sounds like something off the worst menu on earth, but was actually a surprise hit in South Korea. Storyline Entertainment owners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who worked together on The Bucket List, got the series order and have brought on veteran reality TV producer Jason Ehrlich (The Bachelor) to executive produce alongside Winkler.
The no-frills travelogue show will have the five men getting around sans assistants, with only their wits (and a production crew). They’ll travel to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Seoul, and Tokyo to immerse themselves in the cultures and peoples (but hopefully not too much). There’s a potentially competitive element to the show, as they’ll also be expected to cross items off their very own bucket lists. And if getting a show on NBC at their respective ages and career stages isn’t on those lists, well, then we don’t know what.
Production begins in August and while there’s no way to know if the shows’ schedules will overlap, we’re kind of hoping there’s a crossover episode in which they run into fellow silver fox Anthony Bourdain, who’s been on the road to Parts Unknown for the last two years.
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